Michigan State University


Michigan State University, founded in 1855, is a comprehensive, land-grant, public university. It has earned national recognition for cancer research and the development of the magnetic resonance imager (MRI). Michigan State has the largest residence hall system of any university in the nation, and it also houses the world’s most powerful superconducting cyclotron. It is the only university in the nation with three medical schools on one campus: human, osteopathic and veterinary. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts and Letters, Communication Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering, Human Ecology, Natural Science, Nursing, Osteopathic Medicine, Social Science, and Veterinary Medicine; Eli Broad College of Business; and the James Madison College. Its 5,200-acre campus is located in East Lansing, 80 miles northwest of Detroit.


Entrance Difficulty: Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate: 71% of 30,224 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered: Yes
Early Decision Offered: No
Regular Admission Deadline: Rolling

Factors Considered for Selection of Students

Academic GPA: Very Important
Standardized Tests: Very Important
Essay: Important
Extracurricular: Not Considered

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA: 3.61
SAT Math: 540-680 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading: 430-590 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing: 460-580 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite: 23-28 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance: In-state: $23,979  Out-of-state: $43,936
Tuition and Fees: In-state: $12,623 Out-of-state: $32,580
Room and Board: $8,476
Average Percent of Need Met: 64%
Average Freshman Award: $11,572
Average Indebtedness of 2011 Graduates: $23,725


Academic Calendar System: Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum:  Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates: 2,540
Regular Class Size: 2-9 students: 2-9 students: 5% of classes
10-19 students: 18% of classes
20-29 students: 33% of classes
30-39 students: 15% of classes
40-49 students: 8% of classes
50-59 students: 9% of classes
Over 100 students: 12% of classes

Financial Aid Office Contacts

E-mail: (None)
Web Site: Financial Aid Web Site

Financial Aid Application Process

Application Deadline: (None)
Award Notification: On a rolling basis beginning March 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid: Federal Methodology
Forms Required: Cost to File
FAFSA Code is 002290: Free

University Web Site: www.msu.edu/

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